Each week, HC compiles a list of hot stories to know in our Trends of the Week feature. Enjoy!

HC Chicago Hot List.

Looking for a new restaurant in town? Wondering if there’s a new bar where you can grab a drink after work? These are some of Chicago’s most recent openings:


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The Polenta Bar is the West Loop’s latest addition. This casual Italian restaurant specializes in polenta and features a modest selection of Italian staples with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Check out the menu – there’s something for everyone.


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Chicago’s first self-pour tasting room is opening this weekend in Wicker Park. Yes, you read that correctly. Tapster will be the city’s first pour-your-own-beer spot also offering wine, cocktails, kombucha and much more. The front room houses 32 beer taps and eight wine taps on a “Tapwall.” Each tap section is outfitted with a touch screen that describes each beverage and its ABV as well as a slot to place your “Tapcard” to fill up and track your orders. Basically, it’s going to be awesome.

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Looking for more than just dinner and drinks? Visit Mom’s Place! No, not your mom, but River North’s hottest new addition. This non-clubby bar will have live music in its newly renovated basement and karaoke on Tuesdays. It’s a fun twist on a mom and pop shop.

Tech Tidbit.

As the photography world has seen a shift to mirror-less cameras with higher quality images and 4K resolutions, the need for faster SD cards to keep up with the tech inside of new digital cameras has grown. Sony, one of the leaders in 4k video capabilities and mirror-less camera systems, just announced the release of their new SF-G Series SD Cards. Sony claims the cards to be the “world’s fastest.” Fast, indeed. With write speeds of up to 300 MB/s, the cards are meant for high-performance DSLRs and mirror-less cameras. The SF-G series will release with a 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB version.

Expected to release in March 2017, the cards are also expected to be waterproof, shockproof, x-ray proof and temperature resistant.

Weekly Wellness.

The causes of headaches are endless; traffic, weather, stress or just a bad night of sleep. Not to mention, tax season. Almost anything can trigger roaring pain, which can negatively affect our mood, work ethic and even motivation. Next time, utilize one of these tips to ease your headache.

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Campaigns We Love.



Burger King is showing its competitors some serious heat in its latest campaign. As a way of showcasing the importance of its flame-grill cooking method, Burger King’s new ads feature photographs of real-life restaurant fires at the chain. The ads point out that since 1954, more Burger King restaurants have burned down than those of any other fast-food chain. Restaurants in flames in Italy, Pennsylvania and Oregon all appear in the print campaign, and the fast-food restaurant assures that no one was harmed because of the fires.


Quote of the Week.

HC’s quote of the week provides you with weekly motivation, delivered straight to your inbox. Get inspired!

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Art & Entertainment.

Though we’ll be talking, reading and hearing about how Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were mysteriously handed the wrong envelope for years to come, the Best Picture mix-up shouldn’t be the only moment we take away from this year’s Oscars Award Show. There were plenty more jokes to be remembered and several groundbreaking victories that should not be overlooked, like Jimmy Kimmel’s witty jokes and the moment Katherine Johnson, the 98-year-old former NASA mathematician played by Taraji P Henson in Hidden Figures, was wheeled onto the stage. What were your favorite moments from this year’s show?

HC Trends of the Week
HC Trends of the Week